Friday, December 30, 2016

Poinsettias: Expect the Unexpected! at the Botanical Gardens

The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave., has been a busy place as of late (a volunteer told me that on Wednesday, December 28 for Dollar Day, 1,700 people visited!) and will only get busier with its newly refurbished buildings opening and the upcoming Lumagination exhibit. On Thursday, December 29, I visited the Gardens for one of my favorite shows of the year, Poinsettias: Expect the Unexpected!

The poinsettia show runs through Sunday, January 8 – hours are 10 a.m.-noon on New Year’s Eve (Saturday) and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through the rest of the show. Find out more at

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Botanical Gardens in January 2017

The Gardens are lit up in January with Lumagination
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, located at 2655 South Park Ave. in Buffalo, rings in a new year with these events in January.
  • Poinsettias: Expect the Unexpected! – now through January 8.
  • Garden Railway Exhibit – now through January 8.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Sts. Peter and Paul School – now through January 15.
  • Wedding Open House – January 12 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Exhibit Opening Party – January 14 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. – free admission to view the new exhibits.
  • Dollar Days – January 15-16 – $1 admission for all non-members – members and kids under 3 free.
  • Arcangel Gallery: Botanical Gardens’ Art Class – “Lumagination in Watercolor” – January 21-March 12.
  • Lumagination Launch Party – January 24 from 6-9 p.m., featuring cocktails from Ciroc Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon and Nolet Gin, appetizers, entertainment and more - $35 for Garden members, $40 for non-members, $45 after January 19.
  • Lumagination – January 25-28, February 1-4, 7-11, and 14-21 – 6-9 p.m. except Fridays and Saturdays 6-10 p.m. – tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors (62+) and students (13+ with ID), $10 for Garden memebrs, $6 for kids 3-12 and free for kids 2 and under.
For more information on these events and others at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, visit